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Tread Softly Festival 2019

Tread Softly Festival 2019
19 July, 2019

Tread Softly 2019

The eighth Tread Softly festival returns from the 25th July to the 3rd Aug with a programme of events inspired by the landscape of county Sligo, and the myths and stories and people associated with it.

This year Sligo Yeats Society celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Yeats International Summer School with an exciting and diverse programme of events in and around the county.

Tread Softly festival is programmed in partnership with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk's Well Theatre, The Model and Sligo County Council in conjunction with the 60th International Yeats Summer School.


Trad@lunch: Theresa O’Grady, Declan Payne and Catherine McHugh Wed 24 July
Theresa O'Grady is regarded as one of the finest banjo players in the country. She released her debut solo album Banjo'ista, last year, to wide acclaim. Tubbercurry native, Declan Payne is an excellent piano accordion player and teacher of the instrument. Together, Theresa and Declan are founding members of the celebrated Sligo based band The Border Collies and will be joined in this concert by pianist, Catherine McHugh.

Trad@lunch: Shane McGowan, David Munnelly and Joseph Mc Nulty Wed 31 July
Shane McGowan comes from a well-known musical family in South Sligo. He has guested and toured with the likes of Lunasa, Zakir Hussain and Dolores Keane. David Munnelly from Mayo is widely regarded as one of the most influential accordion players of his generation and has played with legendary Irish bands De Dannan and The Chieftains. They will be joined by bodhrán and fiddle player Joseph McNulty from Mayo who has recorded with some of Ireland's greatest traditional musicians such as Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn and Donal Lunny.

The Poetry of Nick Cave Tuesday 30 July
The Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, is best known for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. His lyrics simmer with Biblical prophecy, violence, beauty & humour. In the company of author Gerard Beirne and guests we delve into the power and impact of Cave’s work and influences. A treat for fans of Nick Cave and poetry alike.

Arán & Im: Manchán Magan Wed 31 July & Thurs 1 August
Manchán Magan bakes sourdough bread for 70 minutes while offering insights into the wonders of the Irish language – exploring potent words of landscape, terms of intuition and insight, and the many phrases that bring to life the mysterious glory of our natural world.

Muldoon’s Picnic Fri 2 August
An omnium-gatherum of poetry, prose fiction and music, Muldoon's Picnic is a cabaret-style evening hosted by Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Paul Muldoon and his house band Rogue Oliphant. Muldoon’s exciting mix of guests includes Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Wendy Erskine, Duke Special and Len Graham.

For more information and Thread Softly programme details see

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